Poemdog

Dogs 2019

BRIEF GOODBYES
(8/22/19)


to be
notified

suddenly

that the
company
is closing

that you
will soon
be out
of a job

is so much
a shock
after 20 years

that you
really don't accept
the pronouncement
as fact

as you continue
to arrive
at the office

sit
at the same
desk

even though
the office
is quickly
being moved
out
from around
you

but when
you begin
to tell customers

some recent

some known
for decades

that you
will no longer
be on this end
of the hall

this end
of the
phone

this end
of the
email

a bit
of reality
comes home
to roost

“we'll
miss you”

they say

“what
will you do
next?”

all I know
to say

is that
I'll show up
tomorrow

the tomorrow
after that

until all
too soon
the last tomorrow
arrives

and I'll
face
a today
again